For several years, I politely declined to friend work colleagues on Facebook. I wanted to keep my personal and professional life separate. That worked for a while and then I caved. It is certainly helpful to be able to touch base with folks that I know from all facets of my personal, professional, and collegiate life all in one common place. I also have to admit, though, that there are things that I don't like. Some acquaintances I know frequently post several links and images that look like these shown below.
First, I recognize that it is their right to post what they wish on social media. Fortunately, it's also my right to choose my "friends". And while some may find these posts amusing, I'm not one of them. Because if you really need copious amounts of alcohol to get through the school year or you really think these things, perhaps this isn't the right profession for you. Education already struggles with an image problem, and I don't believe this is helping the cause. When it comes down to it, posts like these do not reflect the public image we'd like to have as a group of dedicated professionals and lifelong learners who commit to educating our nation's children.
This is not to say that I am perfect. I'm not. I get frustrated. I've made the mistake of commenting publicly about those frustrations. I've learned from that mistake and am careful to consider how the comments we make as individuals, whether in our public or private lives, send the right message about who we are and what we so passionately believe in. So, while I respect an individual's right to post what they wish, I wish they'd consider the impact messages like these have on our entire profession.